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Ko Wen-je to visit ex-President Chen

Ko Wen-je to visit ex-President Chen

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je confirmed he would be visiting former President Chen Shui-bian in Kaohsiung Sunday.
The surgeon was one of the earliest campaigners for Chen to benefit from medical parole. The former president left the Taichung Prison for home in Kaohsiung last January 5 after serving six years of a 20-year prison sentence for corruption.
According to a former Tainan politician, Ko was going to travel south Sunday to visit several cultural sites in the region. Replying to reporters’ questions, he confirmed he would also visit the former president.
The trip was reportedly private, even though it was the new mayor’s first foray outside of the Taipei region since winning the election on November 29 and taking office on December 25.
When the Ministry of Justice’s Agency of Corrections approved medical parole, it said the period would only last for one month. If Chen’s health was still ruled to be poor enough, his parole could be extended by up to three months, officials said.
The former president’s relatives have tried to limit the number of visitors at Chen’s home because he needs to recover after his ordeal.
The MOJ said he could be interviewed by the media, but it would be less appropriate for him to visit media studios to take part in programs since he was not even able to attend court sessions in his remaining trials.
The Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital was the main body responsible for Chen’s health checks, while a new medical team composed of physicians from several top hospitals was monitoring his condition.
During his jail term, Chen was diagnosed with a ream of ailments, including severe depression and signs of early Parkinson’s disease. Video footage showed his hands trembling continuously, while he has also suffered from incontinence.


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:29 GMT+08:00